President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday hosted a delegation from the United States to assess Nigeria’s pre-election preparations.
Who Did Buhari Host?
President Buhari hosted the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, United States of America.
Why Are The Institutes In Nigeria?
The International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute are in Nigeria to check the progress of the Nigerian government in its preparations for the 2019 elections.
What Did Buhari Say About The Institutes’ Visit?
President Buhari said the Nigerian government is elated about receiving the institutes as it affords him another chance to assure them on the preparations of the country.
He promised to ensure a level playing field for every candidate in the election, despite what he’s been made to go through in the polls in the past.
Buhari told the delegation that he had ended three times at the Supreme Court, contesting his election, before ‘PVCs, Card readers and technology came to his aid.
”Today I received a delegation from the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, USA, here to assess our pre-election preparations. It was an opportunity for me to again assure that I will ensure a level playing field for all contestants in 20
I told them that having run for president three times, ending up at the Supreme Court all three times, before God and technology – PVCs and Card Readers – made a way for me the fourth time, I know what it is to be cheated at the polls.
What the incumbents at the time used to do was just to award votes, and then tell anyone who was dissatisfied to go to court. But we won’t do that. I am prepared to give the opposition the opportunities I was not given in the past.”